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Jill aka Jo
January 01 2017 @ 11:59 pm

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Do you love this? I like the real song and I've liked many of her songs but this is just priceless. I really enjoy James and his silly skits. Have you seen the ones with Anna Kendrick? They are amazing. (See Below Cut)
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Jill aka Jo
December 07 2016 @ 06:00 am
7th Day of Christmas
Here is another thing you can add to a goodie box for friends, family and neighbors. I'm not a huge fan of pretzels but I do love them covered in chocolate. And most of the time Christmas "Bark" is Peppermint Bark which I don't enjoy. So why not make a Chocolate bark with pretzels, nuts and some colorful candy to make things fun.

Needed
3 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
2 tbsp shortening
pretzels
peanuts
green & red chocolate candies
Christmas sprinkles

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Jill aka Jo
December 06 2016 @ 06:00 am
6th Day of Christmas
I adore one pot meals especially when they are also quick meals. I also happen to love sausage whether it is turkey or pork. Turkey just happens to be the healthier option though I found a Chicken Sausage which had Pepper Jack cheese it in which makes everything amazing. But this recipe is so simple and tasty. I especially love how it is a complete meal though a nice salad on the side wouldn't hurt.

Needed
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, divided
14 ounces smoked (fully cooked) turkey or chicken sausage, sliced into rounds
1/2 head of cabbage, cut into thin slices
1 small yellow onion, diced
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 1/4 cups low sodium chicken stock
1 (15 ounce) can fire roasted tomatoes in their juices
1 cup instant brown rice

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Jill aka Jo
December 05 2016 @ 06:00 am
5th Day of Christmas
So I did some mason jar decorations for Thanksgiving so it only seemed right that we do some for Christmas.There are great ideas online. You can get a jar some paint. Putting the paint inside the jar by using a foam brush to paint the inside. Then you just need some buttons and a ribbow to finish. I also saw one person online who used a soda pop tab to make a belt buckle for Santa. So clever.

Then, of course, there is your Frosty with the white paint.

But you don't have to use paint. This person used candies to make the jar look red. However, this means you probably don't want to eat the candy until Christmas is almost over.
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Jill aka Jo
December 04 2016 @ 06:00 am
4th Day of Christmas
If you've tuned into my advent posts over the years, you might remember the Teddy Bear Cookies I found. I remember thinking you could do many shapes but then didn't think about it after that because there were so many posts to make. Then I saw these! I couldn't resist sharing them with you because they are just too cute for words and would make a lovely addition to a holiday bake sale or even as gifts for friends. So I'm thinking that holiday box. Just one of the goodies you could add to one filled with baked goods.

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Jill aka Jo
3rd Day of Christmas
So good only the pro pic looks better (below)! So with the holidays in full swing, life is busy for a lot of us so a quick meal is ideal. I love 30 minute or 20 minute meals so here is one I saved a while back and finally got to try!

Needed
4 small chicken breasts, thawed
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon minced garlic
½ cup chopped onions
1 (14 ounce) can crushed tomatoes
½ teaspoon EACH Italian seasoning AND red pepper flakes (see notes)
¼ teaspoon dried basil
1 tablespoon sun-dried tomato pesto (homemade or store-bought) (see notes)
salt and pepper + ¼ cup water
4 slices mozzarella cheese (or 1 cup shredded)

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Jill aka Jo
December 02 2016 @ 06:00 am
2nd Day of Christmas

One of the best idea's I've ever seen is finding a nice but inexpensive container, box, jar, whatever you find and filling it with a gift. I've done this before with stockings. I sent my best friends each a stocking with a gift card, candy, something fun, something useful and something Christmasy like an ornament. It went over pretty well.

My youngest niece is always in need of chapstick, loves flaming hot Cheetos, likes painting her nails and periodically feels the need to invite a friend over and bake something. So I thought a basket with cookie mix, chapstick, Cheetos, a couple nail polish options, and maybe a redbox gift card would make a good gift for her to use when she has a friend sleep over.

You really need to know your audience though. It isn't the easiest thing to do for someone you don't know though there are always the fun things like homemade brownie or cookie mix and I've seen meals in a jar which I would think would go over well for a busy person. I know I would love it.

This is called Friendship Soup. I found it online.

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Jill aka Jo
December 01 2016 @ 06:00 am
1st Day of Christmas
Needed
Brownies
Green Frosting
Small Round Sprinkles
Small Star Sprinkles
Christmas Shape Sprinkles
Basically whatever sprinkles you want on your trees
Candy Canes (optional)

This year my friends and I hoped not to exchange gifts because we all have a lot of other people we are buying for. We hope this will put less pressure on us during the holiday season. But we will exchange cards and Christmas family pictures.

In October, when I visited my best friend we got to talking about fun things to do at Christmas to make it feel special but it needs to be easy. When you have kids (like she does) or are just busy (like myself) whatever you are going to do needs to be something you can enjoy without taking a long time to make it.

So Christmas Tree Brownies seemed like a fun way to make things fun without being too time consuming. Of course, you can always add these to your day of baking because I like the idea of making trays of different goodies and these just being one of them.

You can use boxed brownies but I've personally decided that making them from scratch just tastes better. Of course, this is about time so your favorite recipe or boxed mix will defintiely work.

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Jill aka Jo
November 24 2016 @ 06:00 am
#24
What is it, last but not least... YOU! Yeah, you. I'm thankful for my livejournal friends. I know I've not been around as much as I would like but don't think I'll disappear completely from here without telling you all I'm going on a break because I'd miss you all. I love seeing what you are up too even if it is just a picture of your furry child. I don't mind that you posted a report of all your woes. I do care if it feels like you are always unhappy because you are my friend and I want you to be happy. I don't mind if you rant about work and how awful something is because wouldn't you tell a friend about the good and the bad? It is friendship and it is beautiful.

Do we always agree on everything? Nope. So that means it is real. Because how many people agree on everything? We don't always watch the same shows but sometimes you are intrigued by what I'm watching or I am by what you are and we talk about it.

Sometimes the only thing good about a day is spending time on LJ and discovering that there are good people in the world who are willing to listen even if all they have to offer is a hug. That is why...
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